The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to an exponential increase in mental-health illnesses, while gender-based violence has also seen a spike.

The South African Society of Psychiatrists says the limited access to healthcare facilities has contributed to GBV victims not being able to freely access support and healthcare services.

SASOP’s Dr Yumna Minty says the “shadow pandemic”, where violence toward women and girls have increased, needs Government’s urgent attention.

She says the economic hardships, brought on by the pandemic, contributed to violence in domestic settings.

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